OGTR staff participate in various international meetings, forums and conferences for the purpose of ensuring that Australia’s gene technology regulatory system both keeps pace with and influences international best practice.

Presentations and representations at international meetings and conferences

OGTR staff regularly present papers to international meetings, forums and conferences and visiting international delegations.


Table 32: Presentations and representations at international meetings and conferences, 2009–10

Date Event/delegate Location
7–10 June 2010 OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WGHROB) and the OECD Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds Dr Peter Thygesen Paris, France
31 May – 4 June 2010 Australian delegation for 2010 Australia Group Plenary meeting Dr Robyn Cleland Paris, France
13 May 2010 Biotechnology Regulatory Workshop Dr Kylie Tattersall Wellington, NZ
10–16 April 2010 Prepared and conducted a training workshop on risk analysis of GMOs Dr Michael Dornbusch and Dr Brian Weir Ha Long, Vietnam
6–11 December 2009 ComBio 2009 annual conference Dr Louisa Matthew Christchurch, NZ
6–10 February 2010 Canadian Food Inspection Agency international symposium Dr Paul Keese Ottawa, Canada
6–9 December 2009 Risk Assessment Workshop on Transgenic Trees Dr Kylie Tattersall Malaysia
3–7 November 2009 Proposed and conducted a risk assessment workshop for members of the Malaysian Genetic Modification Advisory Committee Dr Michael Dornbusch Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
19–21 October 2009 23rd Session of the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WGHROB) Dr Peter Thygesen Paris, France
10–14 October 2009 Attended meeting of Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the UN Cartagena Biosafety Protocol Dr Paul Keese Paris, France
10–14 October 2009 Attended meeting of Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management under the UN Cartagena Biosafety Protocol Dr Paul Keese The Hague, Netherlands
1–2 October 2009 International Conference on Knowledge Management in Agricultural Biotechnology: The Asian Experience Dr Michael Dornbusch Bangkok, Thailand
29–30 September 2009 ‘Measures of Hope and Promises Delivered: An International Conference on Socioeconomic and Environmental Impact Assessment of Biotech Crops’ Dr Michael Dornbusch Bangkok, Thailand
17–18 September 2009 Meeting with German Federal Office for Consumer Affairs Dr Joe Smith Berlin, Germany
14–15 September 2009 European Food Safety Authority Conference on Risk Assessment of GMOs for Human Health and the Environment Dr Joe Smith Brussels, Belgium
10–11 September 2009 Meeting with United Kingdom Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment and Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Dr Joe Smith London, England